2023 Winter Star Party Registration is closed

Hello WSP Family,

Well, another year is in the books and it was a pleasure to see all of you again. After having to cancel the star party during the pandemic, it was an amazing feeling to be back on the camps and enjoying everything the Florida Keys has to offer. The weather was magnificent with Friday night being one of the best observing nights I can remember in my 18 years of attendance. While we did have some challenges with FDOT during the week, we want to send out a huge thank you to you, all of our guests, for being patient and understanding that the situation was beyond our control.

The Southern Cross Astronomical Society is proud to be the host of the Winter Star Party and we would like to think that the star party was a success and that everyone had a good time.

We welcomed a new food vendor to the family this year. A huge thank you goes out to Kitchen Thirteen 33. The food was outstanding all week long with a wide verify of freshly prepared, delicious items.

As always we thank the Monroe County Police Department for allowing their off-duty staff to fill our security needs.

We want to thank the WSP committee leaders and their respective staff. Winter Star Party would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of the following people:

Tim Khan, WSP Director
Pat Saunders, Host Coordinator
Neal Kleinman, Speaker Coordinator
Sergio Fiquero, Video Coordinator
Jose Cordozo, Sales Coordinator
Russ Brick, Vendor Coordinator
David Liles, Registrar


The Registration Team

Gay Haldeman
Joe Haldeman
Donna Thompson
Bill Thompson

The Host Team

Bud Criddlin
Doug Corey
Charlie Perillo
Kevin Criado
Raul Vegara
Jay Elliott
Art Mullis

The Sales Team

Ron Poller
Pamela Shivak
John Schuster
Andrea Albarracin
Abel Cordozo

Finally, we would like to thank all of our sponsors for their generous donations to our door prizes. Winter Star Party has been long known for having excellent and diverse door prizes and this year didn’t disappoint. Without the ongoing support of our many friends in the astronomy industry, we would not be able to give away the best door prizes.

In Closing, I would like to add my personal thanks to everyone involved with the Winter Star Party. You are the photons that fill the wells on the sensor because, without you, there would be no picture!

The dates for the 40th Winter Star Party are set:
February 5th thru February 11th, 2024

Thank you for your attendance, generosity, and comradery. We will see you all next year!

Sincerely, Russ Brick, president Southern Cross Astronomical Society

Have a look at our last star party here: 2023 Winter Star Party Recap

Stay tuned for further information.

If there is anything you need to discuss with us or issues with your registration please send an email to wsp@scas.org

Thank you again for your patronage and please stay safe and healthy.


The following is a list of the vendor contributions this year:

Atlanta Astronomy Club
4 Tickets, Peach State Star Gaze
Oklahoma City Astronomy Club
4 Tickets to Okie-Tex
Evolux 62ED Doublet Apo Refractor and AZ-Gti Mount
Bob's Knobs
2 Gift Certificates for 1 Set of Bob's Knobs
3 PowerTank Lithium and 3 PowerTank Pro
1 Nexstar 4se Telescope
15 MM Bino Pair
Explore Scientific
10 Sets :Planisphere with Astro Light
1 Nat Geo 8 x 42 Binoculars
1 Explore One Creativity 55 Science Set
1 ES-EDO806-02 Essential Series Air Spaced Triplet
1 FL-AR80640TN Explore FirstLight 80mm Refractor Telescope w/ Twilight Nano Mount
Ursa Major
5 Set: Night Sky Stencils Winter
1 Set 8 x 32 Sport HD Binoculars
DC-3 Dreams
1 Pinpoint Astrometric Engine License
1 Gift Certificate Deep Sky Planner
Telescope Engineering Company
1.25 5 position Eyepiece Turret
13mm Nagler Type 6 and 2X Powermate
Pok Sun Glatter for Howie
Gift Card : Camera Concepts & Telescope Solutions
Camera Concepts & Telescope Solutions
Gift Card : Camera Concepts & Telescope Solutions
Simulation Curriculum
2 Starry Night Pro
2 Ski Safari (IOS)
2 Ski Safari (ANDROID)
Southern Cross Astronomical Society
8 Sets: Tickets w/ Camping 2023 WSP
Disc Mounts
2 Dovetail Plates
Agena Astro
2 Gift Certificate for $25 EA.
Dorothy O’Neal
Handmade SCAS quilt
APM Telescopes
1 Set: Sport and Astro Binoculars
Moon Audio Book
Ray Locke
Nebula Light Artwork
Infinitees Scientific Apparel
Clothing Package
Astronomical League
AL Branded Book Bag
Astronomy Shoppe
Telescope Repair Services

Tim Khan, Director
Winter Star Party
Russ Brick, President
Southern Cross Astronomical Society